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The first balloon accident, 1785.

One snuff box, French, ivory. Circular, 3' diameter. Painted lid: Balloon Ascent.On 15th June, 1785, Pilatre de Rozier and Jules Romain attempted to cross the English Channel in a balloon of de Rozier's design, featuring a hydrogen-filled chamber abo

 
Junkers Ju 87-D 'Stuka', c 1939.

Model of Junkers Ju 87-D aircraft, scale 1:24. A new method of aerial warfare was demonstrated by the German Luftwaffe in 1939. Advancing Panzer divisions had the close cooperation of dive bombers to blast away at enemy defenses.

 
SE5a fighter, 1917.

SE5A Aeroplane, 1916 The Farnborough-designed SE5A was the last British fighter of World War I. The aircraft had a top speed of 130 mph, a ceiling of 22,000 feet and an endurance of three hours making it one of the most effective fighters of the wa

 
Supermarine Rolls Royce Seaplane, S6B S1595, 1931.

Supermarine Seaplane, S.6.B. S.1595 (with dummy engine). Winner of the Schneider Trophy, 1931. This aircraft was designed by Reginald J. Mitchell (1895-1937), the designer of several world-beating seaplanes and the famous Supermarine Spitfire. It was a

 
Wright Flyer, 1903.

Model of Wright Aeroplane, 1903, scale 1:10 Diorama featuring a model (scale 1:10) of the aircraft in which Orville Wright (1871-1948) and Wilbur Wright (1867-1912) made the world's first controlled and powered flights on 17 December 1903. The brothe

 
Santos-Dumont's '14 bis' aeroplane, 1906.

Model of Santos-Dumont Aeroplane, 14 bis. (1906), scale 1:10 Designed and piloted by the Brazilian Alberto Santos-Dumont. The first accredited sustained flight in Europe (other than a 'hop') to be achieved by a manned, powered aeroplane was made by S

 
Control mechanism of Bleriot monoplane, 1909.

Portion of Fuselage containing control mechanism; of Bleriot Monoplane. French aviator Louis Bleriot (1872-1936) made the first cross-Channel heavier-than-air flight in his No XI monoplane on 25 July 1909.

 
Flying helmet, Air Ministry, c 1941.

Leather flying helmet, with zipped ear pockets, and fittings for oxygen mask. Air Ministry, c. 1941